The Education Dept. (DoEd) awards more than $5.3 million in grants to help Native American youth become college- and career-ready.
Under the new Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) program, the department is making grants to a dozen recipients in nine states that will impact more than 30 tribes and involve more than 48 schools. These awards are part of of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous “Gen I” Initiative to help Native American youth.
“These grants are an unprecedented investment in Native youth, and a recognition that tribal communities are best positioned to drive solutions and lead change,” said Education Secy. Arne Duncan. “These grants are a down payment on President Obama’s commitment to create new opportunities for American Indian youth to cultivate the next generation of Native leaders.”
Of the 180 Bureau of Indian Education Schools, three were recipients of these Native Youth Community Projects program grants.
Each grant will support a coordinated, focused approach chosen by a community partnership that includes a tribe, local schools, and other organizations. For example, the program allows tribes to identify culturally-appropriate, community-specific supports for college and career readiness—whether it’s early learning, language immersion or mental health services.
The president’s FY 2016 budget proposal calls for increased investments across Indian Country, including a total request of $20.8 billion for a range of federal programs that serve tribes—a $1.5 billion increase over the 2015-enacted level. The budget proposal includes $53 million for fiscal year 2016—a $50 million increase from this year’s budget—to significantly expand the Native Youth Community Projects program.
Among the projects:
- Alaska Cook Inlet Tribal Council Inc., $600,000—The Cook Inlet Tribal Council, in partnership with the Anchorage School District, will administer Journey Ahead, a middle-school intervention designed to improve the college and career readiness of Alaska Native and American Indian students in Anchorage.
- North Dakota (Wahpeton) Circle of Nations School, $440,217—The Circle of Nations School Native Youth Community Project will improve education indicators for college and career readiness through a community-wide approach providing academic, social, health, and other supports promoting school engagement and commitment to learning
- New Mexico Native American Community Academy Foundation, $472,806—The Native American Community Academy Foundation (NACA) will expand its network of high-performing schools dedicated solely to Indigenous education in Northwest New Mexico.